It’s hard to imagine a more remote, isolated spot on the continent than North Point.
Located just north of the Canadian border in northern Quebec, North Point has been the site of the only known disco dance club since the 1970s.
The club, a dance hub for decades, was a fixture in the region until the 1990s when it shut its doors, according to a 2008 story in the local newspaper, Les Canadiennes de Montréal.
Now, with an aging, rundown building that houses a liquor store, the building is the subject of a $10-million restoration project that is expected to begin this fall.
But what’s behind the renovation?
For decades, the former dance club’s owners, the Philadelphians, operated a dance program in the basement of the building, the club was known as The Jungle, and its dancers were known as the Philoans.
(The name stuck, as did the dancing.)
The Jungle was a dance-centric club that included a rotating cast of dancers, who performed in groups, and featured DJs, a rotating roster of musicians and even a local dance instructor.
In the early 2000s, the venue’s owners were considering selling the space, but decided to keep it and focus on the development of their nightclub, according a 2014 story in The North Point Daily.
The building’s owners took the decision after the Philadians were forced out by a liquor-distribution law in Quebec, said Rob Leavitt, a member of the North Point community board.
In 2018, the NorthPoint Dancers Society, which owns the dance club and other buildings in the community, acquired the building and plans to renovate the former club, he said.
The new project is being spearheaded by the Northpoint Dancers Club, which plans to host two dance nights in 2018 and 2019, Leavett said.
“We’re looking forward to a much more contemporary vibe,” he said, noting that the renovations will also include a new dance floor.
The project will include new lighting, new sound and lighting upgrades, as well as a new sound system and sound system upgrades.
“It’s going to be a much different feel,” he added.
“A lot of the equipment will be the same as what we had before, but we’re looking to bring new elements.”
North Point residents will be able to join in on the festivities in 2019.
The dance club will be open seven nights a week.
It’s located on a private street in the town of Montréale, which sits just off Highway 30, just south of the highway.
“North Point has always been the epicentre of dance in North America,” said Julie Czajkowski, a resident of North Point and a member, the South Point Community Board.
“And now it’s going into a new chapter, and I’m really excited about the changes that are coming.”
The NorthPoint dance club has seen some renovations in recent years, with the addition of a new frontage road that connects the club to the community.
But there’s no plan to turn it into a hotel.
“This is a community facility, it’s not a hotel,” said Czijkowski.
“People don’t come here for a hotel, they come here to dance.”
The club has been closed since March.
North Point resident and retired police officer Steve Satterfield said he appreciates the renovations and is looking forward for the new day.
“I don’t see this as a bad thing,” he told the CBC.
“There will always be people who like to dance here.”